“Research has documented that outstanding leaders take time to reflect. Their success depends on the ability to access their unique perspective and bring it to their decisions and sense-making every day.” Nancy Adler ( HBR Want to be an outstanding leader? Keep a journal. 2016)
Reflective practice is a way of intentionally studying your own experiences to improve the way you live, work and lead. Reflection is an effective way to increase confidence, self-awareness, emotional intelligence, and develop holistic and creative thinking skills – all things we need as leaders of our lives and work. Participants in this experiential workshop will explore a variety of reflective practices, resources, and tools, and create their own leadership purpose statement. Through a several experiences, including journaling, meditation, moving mantras, and values identification, participants will develop some personal foundational practices to strengthen and clarify their own leadership intentions. Participants will leave with a plan to take on their own reflective practice or strengthen an existing reflective practice.
This will be accomplished with some pre-work (an HBR article to read and an online values clarification activity), short, interactive presentations including quotes and video clips from leaders, and experiencing a variety of reflective practices, in an environment of respect, trust, creativity, and fun. A handout and resources/references will be provided.
In this workshop you will:
- Learn the research on the compelling “ why a reflective practice creates outstanding leaders”
- Discover the components of a reflective practice and how to become a reflective practitioner
- Develop foundational practices to clarify your leadership intentions – personal leadership statement, contributing to your leader identity, vulnerability and authenticity
- Connect with self and others through empathic communication
- Experience a variety of practices – journaling, meditation, movement, breathe
- Leave with a plan for taking on a reflective practice in your life or strengthening an existing reflective practice
Lillas Hatala brings over 30 years of experience designing, developing, and facilitating leadership development programs in the corporate, government, post secondary, and not for profit sectors in North America, South Africa, Australia and Qatar. Lillas has a Masters Degree in Continuing Education from the University of Saskatchewan, as well as numerous assessment and coaching certifications. Her commitment to strengthening her own leadership capacity and that of others has been demonstrated through roles such as Faculty Director (and founder) of Business and Leadership Programs at the University of Saskatchewan. She is a former CMED Board member. She was a founding member of Leadership Saskatoon and the recipient of the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for Leadership and Lifelong Learning. She is the coauthor of Integrative Leadership (2005), The Integrative Leadership Study Guide (2008), The Business Case for Leadership Development (2008), and numerous published articles. Lillas is the co-creator of the Women in Leadership for Life (WILL) initiative.
Through her own organization, Integrative Leadership International Ltd, Lillas is committed to helping leaders flourish, and she challenges leaders to expand their awareness and bring greater levels of consciousness and significant for their lives, their teams and their organizations.
Kristen Pedersen is a creative, motivated, and experienced instructor, higher education consultant, and organizational communication strategist. Her focus is on internal and external communication, especially as it relates to organizational and personal values, authenticity, best practices, and transparency. She has a deep background in university executive and professional education, adult learning, and professional development. In addition to consulting, She loves her role as an adjunct professor in all areas of communication, from strategic communication and crisis communication, to journalism, media studies, and organizational behavior.